Raesse Aleem Declares He’s Ready For Any and Everyone In The Junior Featherweight Division
At the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, Raeese Aleem (18-0, 12 KOs) scored an impressive 11th round stoppage win over Vic Pasillas (16-1, 9 KOs) to win the vacant WBA ‘Interim’ World Junior Featherweight title. On point from the opening bell, Aleem was sharp. It was arguably the most impressive performance of his career.
This was the opening bout on Showtime Boxing’s first fight card of 2021. Sensing the moment, the 30-year-old from Muskegon, Michigan made a statement-worthy performance. Following his win, the ebullient 122-pounder told the Showtime crew he is ready to face all comers at junior featherweight.
“I’m a true threat and a true warrior. I put the division on notice and I’m coming for all the belts. I want to fight any champion in the world right now!”
At the very least, Aleem has put himself in a very positive position. The win over Pasillas makes him a legit player in the division.
It also puts in line for a shot at unified IBF/WBA ‘Super’ World Junior Featherweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev (8-0, 6 KOs). Following his fight against Pasillas, he was in his dressing room watching the main event between WBO 122-pound champion Angelo Leo and challenger Stephen Fulton.
With Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) defeating Leo (20-1, 9 KOs) to become the new WBO champ, you can imagine the new WBA ‘interim’ champ has visions of a showdown with Fulton as well. Raeese Aleem feels his time is now.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.